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NDLEA intercepts meth worth N567m concealed in custard containers

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) says its operatives have intercepted a large consignment of methamphetamine concealed in powdered custard containers in Lagos.


The NDLEA spokesperson, Mr Femi Babafemi said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.


Babafemi said the consignment was part of a consolidated cargo going to London, United Kingdom.


He said the drugs were seized at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) export shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, (MMIA), Ikeja Lagos.


He also said the illicit drug consignment weighing 30.10 kilograms with a street value of N567 million was detected and seized by NDLEA operatives at the airport on Tuesday, May 16.


According to him, this was swiftly followed by series of follow-up operations that led to the arrest of a freight agent, Nwobodo Chidiebere.


He added that a female suspect, Chioma Akuta and ultimately the drug lord behind the shipment, Mr Charles Ezeh, were arrested at Sotel Suites, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos on Thursday May 18.


“Ezeh claims he’s a businessman and deals in articles in Onitsha, Anambra but investigations revealed he lived with his wife and children in London.


“This was until December, 10, 2022 when he fled to Nigeria after his involvement in a drug related offence in the UK.


“Though he claimed to have been living in hotels since his return to Nigeria last December, operatives were however, able to locate his mansion at No. 1 Hawawu Abikan Street, Lekki, on Friday May 19.


“This was where a search was conducted and his travel and property documents among others were recovered, ” he said


(National Accord)


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